Unwanted habits

This is the time of year for community garage sales. People rummaging through their homes for belongings they no longer need. In the New Testament in 1 Peter 2 a list of items are recommended for Christians to part with. However, I would not advise to place them at a sale or send to the Quarter Store.

First item is Malice; the harboring of evil thoughts against another. Think of a time when you have cooked up ill will for an enemy.

Second is Deceit; Any form of dishonesty and trickery. People often accuse Politicians of this trait. Hopefully we are not guilty of such charges.

Third is Hypocrisy; Putting up a false front, play acting. This form of dishonesty is often the excuse non church attendees fling at sincere believers.

Fourth — we see the word Envy; which means wanting something that someone else has. There are many examples of this in the Old Testament. Look at the many kings who have killed innocent people for their vineyards or for their wives just because they have the power to do so.

Lastly we see the word Slander. We often see this practice under the disguise of gossip. “Slander is the attempt to make oneself look cleaner by slinging mud at someone else.” (Believers Commentary).

One can understand why Peter sternly uses the words rid yourself of all these things.

Truth is, none of these items are good enough for the garbage or even the recycle station.

I Peter 2:2-3 gives a prescription for unwanted habits. “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

Looking at these verses gives a reflection of immaturity of how people should not treat each other. In Christ we are to love our neighbor, not use them for our own advantage. Let us crave the pure milk of the word of God which brings maturity.

Rev. Billy Graham says “while those around you are filling their minds with the bad news about men in their daily papers, steep yourself in the good news about God in His precious word!”